Patricia Lockwood’s “Rape Joke” should end the rape joke debate
Critically acclaimed poet and Twitter sexter Patricia Lockwood may have the final word in the rape joke debate with her incredible poem "Rape Joke," published in the Awl today.
As writer Lindy West has said, the problem with rape jokes are that they're "contributing to a culture that perpetuates” the trivialization of rape and domestic violence. Lockwood's poem is a literal interpretation of the message that rape jokes send:
The rape joke is that he was seven years older. The rape joke is that you had known him for years, since you were too young to be interesting to him. You liked that use of the word interesting, as if you were a piece of knowledge that someone could be desperate to acquire, to assimilate, and to spit back out in different form through his goateed mouth.
Then suddenly you were older, but not very old at all.
The rape joke is that you had been drinking wine coolers. Wine coolers! Who drinks wine coolers? People who get raped, according to the rape joke.
Lockwood portrays the rape joke -- rage masquerading as social commentary -- as its own entity with its own rights: